Ashford, Wye & District

Events

We arrange coffee mornings on the 4th Wednesday of most months at Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX the to which all members are invited.

Individuals who are not members of Ashford, Wye & District U3A, who wish to attend coffee mornings as visitors should first consult the Visitors Policy.

These meetings give an opportunity to meet members attending a variety of courses and to exchange ideas and experiences.

As well as events organised by our own U3A, this page also includes events in the South East organised by the national organisation, The Third Age Trust. This page also features some non-U3A events which the Committee wish to advertise, such as events involving many U3A members, or supporting particular good causes. These events are categorised as 'Other'.

NOTE: PAYING FOR TRIPS

When booking trips, please remember to provide a SINGLE CHEQUE for each trip you wish to book, not forgetting to put the NAME OF THE TRIP on the back of the cheque.
Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

The Trips Team


Dates for your Diary
February 2019
Wed Feb 27thSocialCoffee Morning

Making an Opera - Sascha Kelly
A view behind the scenes as the English Touring Opera took 6 major productions to over 30 UK venues in 2018. Sascha talks about the challenges of choosing repertoire, casting and logistics, and previews the ETO's exciting programme for 2019.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
March 2019
Mon Mar 11thMeetingU3A at the Ri

Join other U3A members for another fascinating afternoon of talks on a range of scientific topics.

Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albermarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

Time: 13:15 – 16:45

Cost: TBA

Booking information available in the new year.
Wed Mar 27thMeetingAGM + Coffee Morning

George Bernard Shaw: Playing the Clown - Brian Freeland
On this, his second visit, Brian takes a canter through the life, loves and writings of “the greatest playwright since Shakespeare”; told, as Shaw himself always told it, with a whimsical sense of humour.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
April 2019
Tue Apr 23rdOutingThe Brands Museum/Portobello Market

Supermarket archaeologist Robert Opie has spent 50 years collecting historical brands and packaging to form the Museum of Brands. The 10,000 items on display in the Branding Hall and Time Tunnel relate the interesting stories behind many of our favourite products. This is a real trip down memory lane and should trigger some nostalgic hot spots on the way. Test your memory skills matching the advertising jingle to the brand. We hope you will enjoy this journey, which allows an overall view of the social changes in the last 50 years.

Cost: National Trust Members £17.50, Non NT Members £19.50

For full information and booking see the Brands Museum flyer.
Wed Apr 24thSocialCoffee Morning

From Pottery to Potting Shed - Chris O'Donoghue
Returning after his Chelsea Garden visit in 2018, Chris talks about his time working at Poole Pottery, running a ceramics business in Rye and his garden design and restoration work.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
May 2019
Wed May 22ndSocialCoffee Morning

The Crop Circle Mystery - Andy Thomas
Andy reveals the fascinating history and intriguing theories behind these controversial but stunningly beautiful patterns which appear in fields each year.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
June 2019
Mon Jun 17thOutingWrest Park House Garden and Lakes, Bedfordshire

Wrest Park has 90 acres of gardens, woodlands and lakes. Much of the development of the gardens bears the imprint of Capability Brown. Features of the park include an archaeological collection spanning 2,000 years; the recently restored Archer Pavilion, Chinese Temple and Bath house the orangery and colonnaded Bowling Green House and the garden sculpture in the ornamental dairy.

Cost: £15

For full information and booking see the Wrest Park flyer.
Wed Jun 26thSocialCoffee Morning

Concorde - Guy Bartlett
In a much requested return, Guy takes us on a journey of discovery of this iconic aircraft, shares his experience of super-sonic flight and explores the Paris crash and its aftermath.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
July 2019
Wed Jul 24thSocialCoffee Morning

Without Reserve - Janie Ramsay
Janie talks about her time in the antiques trade and some of the events which took place at Sotheby's where she was a director for ten years.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
August 2019
Wed Aug 28thSocialCoffee Morning

The Most Popular Indoor Activity (Crosswords) - Tim Moorey
This light-hearted talk will reveal how the speaker got into the unusual job of setting cryptic crosswords for national dailies, how he sets them and many other anecdotes associated with the world-wide crossword community.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm